Detroit at Dallas (1/12/09)

Detroit started their six game road trip tonight in Dallas.  Osgood was the goalie for Detroit and Turco was in for the Stars.

In the first period Osgood was sharp and it’s a good thing because the Wings started out looking a little flat.  The Stars had an early power play so that made it tough for the Red Wings to get into their groove.  By the second half of the first period things started to shape up.  Holmstrom got the puck along the boards and sent it back to Rafalski at the blue line.  He shot it and it deflected into the net off of a Dallas player.  Then a few minutes later Datsyuk brought the puck into the zone, made a nice move and dished it back to Holmstrom in the slot.  Homer tipped it in and Detroit was up two to nothing.

A few minutes later Dallas scored a very unlikely goal.  Grossman, who’s never scored an NHL goal, shot the puck.  He got it to the net over two Red Wings that went down to block the shot and through two or three other people that were in front of the net.  Osgood never had much of a look at it because of all the traffic in front of him.  Grossman was originally credited with the goal but it was changed to Parrish so Grossman is still looking for his first.

Just a couple of minutes later the Red Wings got that one back.  Lidstrom shot from the point with Hossa on the doorstep.  Turco made the inital stop and Hossa scored on the rebound.

Less than a minute into the second period Robidas shot from close to the point.  The shot deflected off of Brad Stuart and into the net.

A few seconds later Osgood got into a pinch and played the puck outside of the trapezoid.  On the ensuing power play he made an incredible save.  He kept the puck out of the net even though he himself was shoved in.  After a lengthy review the call of no goal was upheld.  The Red Wings went on to kill off the rest of that penalty.  

Later in the second period Parrish scored again for Dallas.  He got the puck in the high slot and released it quickly.  There was traffic in front again.  It was probably hard for Osgood to see it coming until it was too late.  That goal tied the game at three.

In the final couple of minutes of the second period Osgood made some huge saves to keep the game tied.  However, he accidentally high-sticked one of the Stars as he skated by the net.  It ripped the guy’s lip open so it was a four minute penalty to Osgood.  Detroit got out of the period but would have a lengthy power play to kill in the third.

The Red Wings killed off the rest of the four minute penalty.  Then later in the third Datsyuk scored a great goal.  He muscled his way into the zone and burned Turco with a wrister to take back the lead.  It was one that Turco should have had but didn’t.

At the three minutes left mark Dallas tied the game with a power play goal that was scored by Ott.  They moved the puck very well and picked apart the Red Wings defense.

That goal held and regulation ended with a four to four tie.

The Stars scored the overtime goal for the win.  It got messy in front of the net and Daley came in cleaned it up.  Detroit was badly outshot by the Stars.  They were lucky to get a point out of this one.  Osgood was spectacular but I can’t say the same for most of the rest of the team.

This 5-4 overtime loss brings us to:
29-7-6
64 points

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